Ex EastEnders star Ben Hardy pictured on a romantic stroll with Vanity Fair star Olivia Cooke


BEN Hardy has not only made the successful leap from Albert Square to Hollywood, it seems he’s also bagged himself a movie star girlfriend.

The 29-year-old actor, who played Peter Beale in EastEnders until 2015, was spotted hand-in-hand with 26-year-old actress Olivia Cooke in London on Saturday.

Ben Hardy and Olivia Cooke were spotted holding hands while out and about in London on Saturday

Attempting to not draw attention to themselves, the new couple dressed down for their stroll in the sunshine.

Ben looked casual in a pair of loose-fitting grey trousers, a navy blue jumper with a matching jacket and a blue beanie hat.

He completed his look with a pair of scruffy-looking boots and sunglasses as he walked closely besides Bates Motel star Olivia and smoked a cigarette.

Ben had dressed down for their outing wearing baggy trousers and a beanie hat

Ben stayed close to his girlfriend and at one point put a protective arm around her

The British actress also opted for comfort for their day date and chose dark jeans, a silk shirt and camel-coloured coat with a matching scarf.

At one point, the pair headed inside a small bakery and emerged clutching a few treats inside a paper bag.

Ben and Olivia are currently starring alongside each other in upcoming comedy thriller, Pixie, and have no doubt grown close after working together so much.

Ben was seen lighting a cigarette after the pair stopped off at a coffee shop

The film tells the story of a woman and two men who find themselves on the run in the Irish countryside after a heist goes wrong.

Pixie, which began filming in Northern Ireland last August, also stars Alec Baldwin, Colm Meaney and comedy Dylan Moran.

Since leaving Walford, Ben’s acting career has gone from strength-to-strength.

Ben and Olivia were seen admiring the views of London during their stroll

He landed the part of winged mutant Archangel in X-Men: Apocalypse and a few other movies, before going on to portray Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the 2018 biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Dorset-born star even got invited to the 2019 Oscars thanks to his role in the movie. Meanwhile, Olivia has starred in hit TV series such as Bates Motel and Vanity Fair.